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Suffering and joy teach
us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into
the soul and heart of another person. ln those transparent moments we know other
people's joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our
own.: Fritz Williams
"Our job this day is to become part of the answer to the world's immense and
protracted suffering rather than continuing our ancient task of being part of
the difficulty.": Hugh Prather - Author, minister
"Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand" : Bodie Thoene
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the
people" -John Adams - Second President - 1797 - 1801
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially
acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 4,299
The War in Iraq Costs
See the cost in your community
Military Attorney: Waterboarding is 'Tip of the Iceberg'
By David Edwards and Muriel Kane
"They started this monthly treatment where they would come in
with a scalpel or a razor type of instrument and they would slash his genitals,
just with small cuts."
U.S. Officials Admitted that Boys Were Sodomized In Iraq
By Washington's Blog
In the Washington Post report, one detainee, Kasim Hilas,
describes the rape of an Iraqi boy by a man in uniform, whose name has been
blacked out of the statement, but who appears to be a translator working for the
"Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing
Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama"
Jeremy Scahill reports the Obama administration is continuing to
use a notorious military police unit at Guantanamo that regularly brutalizes
unarmed prisoners, including gang-beating them, breaking their bones, gouging
their eyes and dousing them with chemicals. This force, officially known as the
Immediate Reaction Force, has been labeled the "Extreme Repression Force" by
Obama: From Anti-war Law Professor to Warmonger in 100
By Alexander Cockburn
It didn't take long for President Barack Obama to swing behind
targeted assassinations and bombing raids.
Watching Obama Morph Into Dick Cheney
By Paul Craig Roberts
America has lost her soul, and so has her president.
US Colonel Advocates US 'Military Attacks' on 'Partisan
in Essay for Neocon, Pro-Israel Group JINSA
By Jeremy Scahill
Lest people think that the views of people like Col. Ralph
Peters and the JINSA/PNAC neocons are relics of the past, remember that the
Obama administration includes heavy hitters from this world among its ranks, as
well as fierce neocon supporters.
In Case You Missed It
Orwell Rolls in His Grave
"Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations
with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into
Frauds R' Us: The Scams and Crimes of Wall Street
By Danny Schechter
Its clear that, like on the war, government officials did
mislead us. From original deregulators in the Carter-Reagan years to the
financial "modernizers of the Clinton-Bush 2 era with their refusal to accept
responsibility for the consequences of their free market fantasies, the gutting
of rules and regulations, and their embrace of a phony "ownership society."
Bail Out Your Own Damn Self!
Time for a Tax and Mortgage Strike
By Ted Rall
It's not too late to get back our money. We need it a hell of
lot more than AIG. We should withhold our taxes, mortgage checks and credit card
payments until the banks, insurance companies and other assorted Wall Street
dirtbags who stole it give it back.
Questions About The "Temple Plot"
By Bill Anderson
A federal law enforcement official described the plot as
"aspirational" - meaning that the suspects wanted to do something but had no
weapons or explosives.
80 militants killed as Pakistani army takes Taliban
"Security forces cleared Sultanwas last night after intense
clashes. Reportedly 80 militant terrorists were killed," military spokesman
Maj-Gen Athar Abbas told a briefing. One Pakistani soldier was killed and nine
wounded, he said.
Five Pakistani troops killed in Swat fight:
In the Kanju and Takhtaband area of Swat fierce clashes left
five soldiers dead and four others, including an officer, were injured. A number
of "miscreants" also died in the action.
US: 9 militants killed in Afghanistan: -
The U.S. and Afghan forces killed nine suspected insurgents in
two separate clashes in Afghanistan, the U.S. forces said in a statement
Afghan Dies In U.S. "Contractor" Shooting:
One of three Afghan civilians wounded when U.S. contractors shot
at them last week has died, U.S. military officials in Afghanistan said.
U.S. Pullout a Condition in Afghan Peace Talks:
Leaders of the Taliban and other armed groups battling the
Afghan government are talking to intermediaries about a potential peace
agreement, with initial demands focused on a timetable for a withdrawal of
American troops, according to Afghan leaders here and in Pakistan.
Iraq's deadly attacks kill 65 people:
A spate of deadly bombings struck Baghdad and the northern city
of Kirkuk within 24 hours on Wednesday evening and Thursday, leaving up to 65
people killed and some 145 others injured.
Iraq Bomb Kills 3 US occupation force soldiers:
The soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded as they patrolled
near a popular outdoor market.
Spain revives US army murder case:
A Spanish judge has reinstated charges against three US soldiers
over the death of a Spanish journalist in Iraq.
Somalis killed in Mogadishu clashes:
At least three Somal civilians, including a six-year-old child,
have been killed in fierce fighting in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, according
Somalia: Rebel Group Leader Denies Al-Qaeda's
Involvement in Fighting:
While hard-line Islamist leaders were asserting that the interim
authority led by Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad was heading toward
collapse, heavily-armed Ethiopian forces backed by armored vehicles entered the
country yesterday, according to eyewitnesses
Eritrea sees CIA behind Somalia arms accusations: -
Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki said renewed accusations that
Asmara is arming Somalia's Islamist rebels was the work of CIA agents in the
region bent on blackening his government's name.
Israeli Official Blasts Focus on 2-State Idea:
Aide to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu calls focus on 2-state
solution 'childish and stupid'
Netanyahu: Jerusalem to stay Israeli and undivided : PM:
I declared this during visit to U.S.; remarks likely to arouse
consternation among Palestinians
Obama Gov't Restores Visa to Former Spy, Netanhayu
He had been barred from entering the US by the Bush
administration after implication in a spying scandal. A Pentagon official, Larry
Franklin, jailed in 2006 for passing secrets about Iran to the Israel lobby
group AIPAC, was reported to have met Arad frequently.
FM: Israel, US 'on same page' on Iran:
Israel and the US are on the same page as far as the Iranian
"threat" goes, and any disagreements between the countries are merely tactical,
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday.
US to fully fund Israeli missile system:
Israel has been concerned that the US - which has supported the
Arrow project since its inception over 20 years ago - would end the funding due
to major cuts made to the American defense budget by Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates. The development costs for the coming year will likely reach some $100
US keeps nuclear "don't ask, don't tell" -Israel aide:
The U.S. administration of President Barack Obama will not force
Israel to state publicly whether it has nuclear weapons, an Israeli official
said on Thursday
Leaders of Tamils 'shot dead under a white flag':
Two Tamil Tiger leaders were shot dead as they tried to
surrender following last-minute negotiations to guarantee their safety, it was
Prabhakaran shot from point blank range:
When asked how the LTTE chief Prabhakaran was killed, Brig
Shavendra Silva, commander of the 58th Division said that he was shot in the
head at point blank range.
LTTE chief Prabhakaran's wife, daughter and younger son
found shot dead in Mullaitivu District:
According to India Today, the family was shot dead by the
Security Forces as it tried to break out of the No-Fire Zone. Another 150 bodies
were found in the lagoon area.
Red Cross Barred From Sri Lankan Refugee Camp:
The outspoken criticism by the normally discreet aid
organization came a day after the United Nations pressed Sri Lanka's government
to allow unfettered access to the war zone in the country's north
Obama defends withholding abuse photos:
In his speech Thursday at the National Archives, Obama said he
has an obligation to protect Americans who are serving in harm's way, and that
the release of the photos would endanger them by inflaming anti-American
Federal Judge Says U.S. Can Hold Gitmo Detainees
A federal judge says the United States can continue to hold some
prisoners at Guantanamo Bay indefinitely without any charges.
Obama Is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan:
President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House
on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a "preventive detention" system
that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate
terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be
tried, two participants in the private session said.
FBI Sells Fake Bombs to Terrorists, Foils Plot:
NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly says the men were not part of any
known terrorist organization, just criminals with long rap sheets, and the FBI's
Joseph Demarest says the bombs weren't real.
Dollar stops being Russia's basic reserve currency:
The US dollar is not Russia's basic reserve currency anymore.
The euro-based share of reserve assets of Russia's Central Bank increased to the
level of 47.5 percent as of January 1, 2009 and exceeded the investments in
dollar assets, which made up 41.5 percent
S&P Lowers Britain's Debt Outlook:
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's shocked investors Thursday with
a formal warning that the U.K. must get its finances in order or lose its
coveted triple-A credit rating, underscoring the monumental challenges the
country faces as it seeks to dig its economy out from under the wreckage of the
Stocks Fall on Jobless Claims Report:
Initial jobless claims fell by 12,000 last week to 631,000,
according to the Labor Department. That was a higher total number of claims than
analysts were expecting and the overall level of claims remains high by
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